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>> that i was a fighter. that if i fought for something i believed in i could get something accomplished. but i had to fight. right now, on cnn -- >> beaten and raped, a bruised and battered looking woman surprises journalists claiming rape and abuse. it is all caught on tape and live from the hotel where it happened. and a strange report of syria tonight. he's confessing to working with the enemy. he is now in custody and his worried brother is here pleading for his release. america loses an iconic politician. we'll look back at geraldine ferraro's career. i'm don lemon.
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the "cnn newsroom" starts right now. and we begin this broadcast in libya where it is 4:00 a.m. sunday morning and this story is very disturbing and we have the video that goes with it. it shows a hysterical woman bursting into a hotel filled with journalists, screaming a horrifying story accusing 15 members of the militia of raping and beating her over a 2-day period. libyan security forces moved to shut her up while dragging her away to an uncertain fate. they smashed cameras including ours but we have the video of it and we want to show it to you as it happened and then hear from nic robertson who is staying at the very hotel where the drama played out. [ speaking foreign language ]
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[ speaking foreign language ] [ speaking foreign language ] >> where are you taking her? >> where are you taking to her? where are you going with her? where are you going with her? leave her. >> as we said, our nic robertson is staying at the hotel where it happened. he joins us live now from there.
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who is this woman and where is she now? >> reporter: she is a middle class woman who lives in tripoli. her tribal name means -- or implies that she is from benghazi in the east of the country and apparently that's what got her into so much trouble. she says when she stopped at a government checkpoint, she came to this hotel because she wanted to tell her story. this is the international journalists were but it reveals perhaps exactly what the opposition fear, what they say happens and how their voices are stifled by the government. it was a very, very shocking event when it took place here. [ speaking foreign language ] she came to tell her story to the only people she thought would listen. international journalists in a city hotel.
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they're all libyans she calls out. why don't you treat us the same? she claims to have been picked up at a government checkpoint, tied, beaten and raped. her name is imam el abady. my honor was violated by them. it is the first time anyone here has dared challenge gadhafi's regime on camera. cnn's cameraman was there and so was journalist jonathan miller. >> she was -- she had clearly been injured. there were marks on her face. she showed us marks on her leg, as well she. she said her wrists were bound to her ankles. and that she had been raped. >> hey, hey. >> reporter: but barely had
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reporters begun to ask questions that government officials started grabbing her, pulling away. one pulled a handgun. journalists were beaten. cnn's camera was violently snatched away and systematically smashed. >> we took the woman and closed the table off again to try to intervene between the minders and her. they came i think over the table or around and wrestled me and some others to the ground throwing punches, being quite violent. >> leave, leave. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: in another brazen display of brutality, much feared by regime opponents and rarely seen by reporters a bag is put over her head as she is led away. >> are you okay?
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>> no. >> are you okay? >> no. >> reporter: a little later, she was man handled out of the hotel. [ speaking foreign language ] screaming it seemed for her life. if you don't see me tomorrow, then that's it she was shouting. journalists protesting her treatment all the way. >> where are you going with her? where are you going with her? >> hey. >> no, no. >> reporter: but to no avail. bundled into a car against her will, she was sped away. her last words, she was being taken to jail. government officials said she was insane, that she was being taken to a hospital and we challenged them saying we wanted to see her to make sure that she was safe and then they said, no, she was sane and at a police facility and safe and well. and that she would be pushing criminal charges against the people responsible for the brutality against her and that
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we would be able to see her. that's what the government official said. but i don't think anyone here is holding their breath because we have heard that sort of statement from government officials before. they often just don't follow through, don. >> so nic, i have to ask you this then. do you think we'll ever see her again? >> reporter: i think that the fact that she was brave enough to come here and tell the world her plight and this was an incredibly brave step, not just to put her face on camera and speak against the government which in itself is brave but here in the arab world, for a woman who's been raped to make that known, to make it public, to make it known internationally, to the international public, is a huge, huge step. the fact that she's drawn publicity to herself is perhaps the thing that may help her and save her at this time. but at this time it is impossible for us the know whether we'll see her and what
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will happen right now, don. >> cnn's nic robertson live for us in tripoli tonight, thank you very much. elsewhere in libya, misrata is one of the bloodiest fronts of the conflict. we cannot confirm the authenticity. it appears to show sniper fire from the city. see the smoke from the gun fire. just over the past 24 hours, in just over the past 24 hours, in misrata, french war planes destroyed at least five libyan
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combat planes and two helicopters. gadhafi tanks started to shell the city once again. rebels trying to push back but they only have light weapons to work with. a different story to the east to tell you about where rebels have seized control of the key eastern city of ajdabiya. the forces retreated after days of intense fighting. the libyan foreign ministry says coalition air strikes were the main factor. it is a gateway to lib why's enormous oil fields and carrying out air strikes in central libya. reuters said attacks are happening in sabha citing libyan state television and a report says the targets in military and civilian areas. president barack obama is defending american involvement in libya. he faced criticism of those that think he should have consulted congress first and defined the mission better. in his weekly address, the president said that the u.s. should not intervene every time there's a world crisis but this is not a moment to stand idly by and the president will address the nation about libya on monday night.
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cnn will bring it to you live with coverage here in the united states. while the focus is on libya, another country is seeing the marketings or the makings of an uprising of its own. a man holding american citizenship living in syria made a confession of trying to sell information to israel. his brother says it is not true and we'll tell you why he says his brother is made an example of by the syrian government. that is next. may be the best movie you have heard of. that's according to roger ebert. he loves it and thousands of people on facebook. you have a voice on the show. check out the social media account. we like to see your feedback. i'm good about washing my face.
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that's the sound of an uprising. in this case, a protest in the coastal city in syria. it's also the latest example of security forces opening fire on syrian protesters. today's march began peacefully but witnesses say security forces started shooting. the government has a different view claiming an unidentified group of gunmen are responsible for the violence. it is not clear how many people were wounded. in today's violence follows yesterday's shooting in daraa in southern section of syria. dozens of protests killed in
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that city this week and funerals sparked new demonstrations. earlier on cnn, we spoke with a doctor who witnessed yesterday's violence in daraa. we have agreed not to identify him. he described what he saw as security forces confronted unarmed protesters. >> they had no weapons whatsoever. they just screaming "we need our freedom. we need democracy." and the people attacking them, security forces, definitely. snipers and official forces to protect the president and his family. >> the u.n. high commissioner for refugees said yesterday that at least 37 people including 2 children had been killed in daraa where he said authorities have used live ammunition and teargas against protesters. as this conflict is playing out in syria, there's a bizarre confession of syrian tv.
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a man admits he tried to sell images of syria to israel, an official enemy. the man is mohammed radwan. >> translator: there were people from outside the country corresponded with me and asked me about the situation. i received e-mail and it said are you prepared to help someone who speaks spanish? >> he said through connections he tried to sell pictures and information about syria for about $16 a photo. that's according to the news agency sana. the man's brother joins us from phone from washington. tarek, do you know what charge your brother is detained under and is he accused of being a spy here? >> as far as i know, no official charges have been brought against my brother. they're stopping just short of
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calling him a spy. but, you know, there's very little information coming out right now. >> what was your reaction when you saw your brother confessing on syrian state television? >> at first i was shocked. i mean, this was completely bizarre. my brother is a politically aware person but to be involved in some sort of massive conspiracy against the syrians is just complete nonsense. and it's -- and then i was angry because this isn't the first time that a regime has tried or has pressured people into confessions. i don't know if this is what happened with my brother. however, i mean, just looking at this i'm very skeptical that anything that he said in that video is true. >> all right. well, the latest tweet from your brother yesterday noted the fall
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of the mosque, was he a political activist in syria? >> absolutely not. as i said, my brother is a politically aware person. he has been involved in the demonstrations in tahrir. you know, being egyptian himself. however, he's been very careful to remain neutral with regard to syria. my brother works for my father's company in damascus and as a result he's been very conscious not to put that company or its operations in jeopardy. so, just seeing this is just -- i mean, it just drives me crazy. >> i talked about the last tweet and when was the last time you saw your brother, heard from your brother and did he tell you about any of this? >> well, we were on the phone a little over a year ago. not a year ago, sorry. a week ago.
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and he did say that he was thinking about going to jordan. i don't know if he actually did. and i had not heard from him since. >> all right. tarek radwan, best of luck to you and your family. syria, yemen and libya, the latest countries in turmoil and tomorrow night here on cnn, with we'll look at how the events unfolded and what it means to the u.s. and the world. watch "uprising: region in revolt" here on cnn. she carved a political path for the women who would follow her. geraldine ferraro has died and we'll hear from her former running mate and several others about her life an her legacy. nde 5 minutes and 12 seconds! steve: i was wondering that some sort of record? gecko: that's a good question. let's have a look.
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the first woman chosen to be on a major party presidential ticket has died. geraldine ferraro was the democrat's choice for vice president on the ticket with walter mondale in 1984. she also was elected to congress three times from new york. mondale and ferraro would lose to ronald reagan and george bush in a landslide but the place in history was secure. the family says she died of blood cancer.
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she had battled for 12 years. mondale today described her as a gutsy pioneer. >> she was very close friend and we went through all of that history together, and we've been friends ever since. and she had a tough, tough fight with that cancer. and, you know, we're going to miss her. >> that's a voice of walter mondale praising his friend geraldine ferraro. and joining me now are three people that are familiar with geraldine ferraro. representative charles rangel, joined the house in 1971 and served alongside ferraro in the new york delegation. reverend al sharpton and joining us by phone is former new york governor eliot spitzer and the host of cnn's "in the arena." thank you all for joining us. reverend sharpton, you worked with her and ran against her. what will you remember about her?
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>> i remember geraldine ferraro when she ran in '84 for vice president because it was the first time a woman was on the national ticket. you know, as a teenager, i worked in shirley chissum's campaign for president and to go from her running to a woman on a ticket was something of a major achievement and in '92 we both were in the u.s. senate primaries in new york and got to know each other well and led to a long relationship. she would come and speak at our convention and a passionate fighter and took very seriously the role as a woman who broke the ceiling in terms of national presidential politics. >> representative rangel, what was it like to work alongside her? >> she was a very exciting member. i remember when she came in, attractive, intelligent, soft as
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silk and hard as nails. she fit in in the new york delegation and i was one of the early people out there with walter mondale and we were meeting and i heard that her name was being recommended for vice president. i was surprised but so excited that it was our new york person that was -- that was being considered and we fought and we won and i was so flattered when she finally was appointed on television. she named me among the people that had fought for her nomination and then she was a beast, big boost to the ticket and she's a heck of a person. and she's had a lot of setbacks and in that campaign but she always came out smiling. >> eliot spitzer, you know, she was a politico and then became a member of the cnn family much as you have.
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>> right. >> listen to this cross fire interview where she's hosting cross fire and then talk about how tough she was under fire and someone that campaigned very, very well bill clinton had a message and got it across but i have to tell you something. i'm listening to the resolutions. i don't know about you kate but i don't make resolutions anymore. i stopped doing that when i was a kid. i made resolutions, lose weight, stop smoking. stopped doing that. i have determined that all i'm concerned about now is the future. i want to be a good future for my kids and grandchildren and that's -- that's what i think -- >> eliot, is that good advice, always looking toward the advice. >> let me tell you something. that's classic geraldine. tough as nails, up to any fight and always had her eye on what mattered. and you know, i met her and got to know her in '98 running for attorney general, she was running for the senate. she said, you know what? ignore the media.
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she was in the media. ignore them. the public looks into your heart and know whether you're good, bad, figure you out. authenticity was the hallmark of geraldine ferraro. the media nice to her one day, kick her the next. she said ignore that. what you heard about focusing on what mattered deep in the heart, that's why she was always happy, smiling. charlie just said, she always could understand what really mattered. >> did any of you and you'll have to speak up, speak to her or talk to her during her time when she was battling cancer? >> oh, yeah. over the past couple of years i was in touch with her. she was always somebody you could go to for some wisdom, some advice and over the past couple of years battling, ig thought those of us and i was the beneficiary of her good, you know, advice over the years and drop her notes and say, keep up the fight. everybody who ever got to know you is praying for you. she was a special person at so many different levels and the family would get back, she got back.
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i got to know her kids a bit. she was a grit if i, gutsy, good person. >> representative rangel, you want to add to that? >> i certainly hardly -- she never said anything about the pain or the suffering that she was going through. i would see her at political affairs and she was more concerned about how i was doing than what she was going through. she kept her smile. she kept focused and quite frankly, even though you think these things can happen, you never really prepare for the shocking news that she's left us. but what a fighter. what a great american she has been. >> all right. and reverend sharpton, the last word here. >> no. i think that both mr. spitzer and congressman rangel summed it up. she was a fighter. i have seen her over the years
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at events and sometimes come to where we have breakfast at the regency and she never seemed to want to have a sympathy from people. she was tough. it was out that she had some form of cancer but she would not talk about that. she was always geraldine ferraro. i want to remember her that way and i think american history will record she was the woman that was tough enough to become the first one to be on the national ticket for vice president of the united states and she was compassionate enough to make people realize that that shouldn't be something exceptional. that should be something normal. >> thanks to all of you. have a great evening. and i have a programming note to tell you about. tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. eastern, the first woman to serve as u.s. secretary of state madeline albright will join me to talk about events in the middle east and her thoughts of the life an achievements of geraldine ferraro. geraldine ferraro, dead at the age of 75.
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plant workers right now replacing seawater with freshwater in three of the reactors to restore the cooling systems. let's check the top stories right now a. libyan woman bursts into a tripoli hotel and claim that is the militia members raped and beat her over a two-day period. security dragged her away to an uncertain fate. they roughed up journalists, smashing cameras include one of our own. elsewhere in libya, french war planes destroyed at least five libyan planes and helicopters in misrata. the city is one of the bloodiest fronts in the conflict. gadhafi's tanks started shelling the city again. rebels are trying to push back but they have only light weapons. different story to the east where rebels have seized control of the key eastern city of ajdabiya.
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that right there is the sound of unrest in the middle east bubbling up in syria. cnn cannot independently verify the video posted on youtube but matches reports of other news sources. you see people watching and cheering as an overturned vehicle burns. a few moments later, another vehicle also overturned amid the unrest. witnesses report security forces firing on unarmed protesters in some places. hundreds of thousands of people marched in protest in london tonight. demonstrators trying to stop belt tigerening proposed belt tightening by the british government. 214 people were arrested. about 84 were hurt including 31 officers when police stepped in. all right. here in the u.s., if you bought a mega millions lottery ticket at a convenience store in
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let's check some of the stories affiliates are covering across the united states. in athens, georgia, dramatic surrender last night on live television. a group of people emerged with their hands up from an apartment building. police say most of them were hostages of this man. fugitive jamie hood who had taken refuge in the apartment. he had been the subject of an intense manhunt after a police officer was shot to death on tuesday. at least one of the hostages appeared to be friends with hood. >> only glad it end the way it end. >> squla my didn't do no harm to any of us and free jamie. >> he agreed to surrender but only on live television because he was afraid police would shoot him. in california, nonwhites are wanted. the wealthy county, a suburb of san francisco contains seven of the ten whitest communities in the country.
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our affiliate kpix reports marin wants more housing and laws. this is in response to federal housing authorities who accused the county of failing to comply with the 1964 civil rights act. and remember this fox sports video from when a whopper of a storm hit in december? the weight of snow caused several holes in the inflatable roof in minneapolis. now as spring approaches, repairs have just begun. over the next four months, crews will work ten-hour shifts six days a week to get the roof fixed. costs $18.5 million and a bonus if work is done by august 1st. film critic roger ebert gave it three and a half stars and you probably haven't heard of it. an independent movie you need to follow. all the way to the box office. i'll talk to the stars of the
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time to talk about what matters right now a. new independent film is following its own path to the box office. there are no trailers or billboards and no distribution from a major movie company but that hasn't stopped "i will follow" from receiving rave reviews and huge support of fans. i talked to the writer and director and two of the stars of the film to find out how they're doing it and solutions to the so-called blackout in hollywood. ava is in l.a. sally is in new york. and omari is in atlanta right here with me. how are you doing, sir? >> what's happening, don? >> thank you for joining us. ava, i want to start with you.
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it's an amazing film. great reviews. why should people watch? >> you know, we're basically offering something a little different than the studios offer for folks interested in diverse stories. films focus on broad comedy or the shoot 'em up and less on the intimate story, about black folks being who they are, loving, losing, learning from one another. so we hope our film kind of fills the void of the character-driven black drama that's gone by the wayside. >> mostly black cast. not just a movie that appeals to african-americans. it is universal. >> the universal theme. that being cancer. even if you haven't dealt with it with your family but it speaks to a broadband. >> on that same note there, let's talk about african-americans, presence in hollywood, there was a whole controversy about the academy awards this year. where were the african-americans?
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bill maher said you have to be a swan in hollywood to get a nomination. it is a joke but partially true. how do you feel about that as a black filmmaker? >> i have like every couple of years there's a big conversation and a lot of dialogue about a lack of african-americans or people in color on television or film and i feel it's repetitive at this point. i have had the conversation a lot and i think the dialogue's important but i'm really interested in how to push past that and create solutions, films, distribute our films. tell and share our stories and i'd much rather have the energy there. i think that certainly the oscars, they were challenging to watch because it wasn't for lack of strong african-american films being made. but for whatever reason they weren't acknowledged this year by the academy and you know what? it's okay. >> i want to read something that roger e beth said. three and a half stars and then
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in part he said this is a kind of film black filmmakers are rarely ever able to get made these days. remind us here of their gifts and then he goes on to, you know, talk about your film. what is that? if someone like roger ebert, a renowned critic says something like that, there's -- is there some truth to that? >> these films are being made. but you as an audience are not given the opportunity to see them because there's no way to get that film out to the public. >> so listen. omari, you were given the rising star award for black women in film. so they said you're the next denzel. >> no, man, no. >> i know. don't you hate it. i don't want to be the next denzel. i want to be the next omari. >> sure. how humbling, right? >> yes, absolutely, absolutely. >> to be associated with somebody of that prowess is obviously something i will take not lightly. that is a big duty and
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responsibility. >> what i wanted to say to that, that brings us back to what we're talking about because there always seems to be one to be the next. in hollywood, there can be about 20 of them at the same time and we have to hope that omari can be the one to let through and there has to be a way to have ten or 20 or us working at the same time and not have to depend on one actress or leading man to lead us all into the promised land. >> can you talk to us, i think it's important to talk about the -- >> african-american film release movement. it's being released through a collective of african-american film organizations around the country who will be the first -- will orchestrate the first national simultaneous theatrical release of a film and first time in history and really excited nigh ten years or in 15 years,
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do you think that i'll be sitting here? sometimes i am. doing this longer than 10 or 15 years. >> you look good, man. your look young. >> asking you the same sorts of questions about african-american films and roles and awards and that sort of thing or do you think we will have progressed by then? >> i have to believe we would have progressed by then. if we have an african-american woman being the first to initiate a program of releasing movies at a larger distribution level then i got to believe we'll progress. >> i give you the last word here, ava. >> i think the only way to make sure we are not having the same conversation about the lack of images of african-american aim nlgs in the larger mainstream cinema is to create new models, recognize the traditional studio models are collapsing and the door is wide open for new ways to tell and share our stories. if we just keep singing the same old song we'll be singing the same old song. i'm ready to dance to something new.
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>> all right. on twitter, at i will follow film and to find a theater playing this film, go to i will follow for more information. the loss of film legend elizabeth taylor this week revived memories of her beauty and generosity and just how big a legacy she's left behind. we'll go live to los angeles for the very latest. it's beneful incredibites. made with wholesome grains, real beef, even carrots and peas. you love the smaller-size, easy-to-chew kibbles, and i love the carbohydrates for energy and protein for muscles. whoa! wait for me! ha-ha. you only think you're getting spoiled. [ woman announcing ] beneful incredibites. another healthful, flavorful beneful. now in a convenient bag. but sometimes i wonder... what's left behind? [ female announcer ] introducing purifying facial cleanser from neutrogena® naturals. developed with dermatologists...
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my life has been like a yo-yo. i have been up and down so many times. i've been in of favor, out of favor so many times. at the moment, life is very calm and i'm enjoying the calm. >> eternal calm for elizabeth taylor after dying wednesday at the age of 79 of congestive heart failure. the world is waiting to hear what she left behind. alan duke joins us from los angeles. do we know what's in her will? >> no. we are waiting on the filing in
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probate court in los angeles county. i have seen estimates it could be worth $600 million. she leaves four children who could be heirs. i think ten grandchildren and awful lot of money but also she leaves the elizabeth taylor foundation that does work with aids so there are a number of charities that could be in line to get her inheritance and we'll find out i think soon. >> yeah. and obviously, a lot of real estate. not just real estate that made her rich, alan. you say quite an art collection that may go to auction from her estate. >> yes. i was talking today with a beverley hills art owner and he said it will be a big auction and she is collecting jewelry, had a passion for it and of course over the years owned some of the most famous jewels in the world but her dad moved to los angeles to open an art gallery
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back i think 1939 and so she was a collector of art and you can only imagine what is in her collection, her brother i think was even an art collector. so we don't even know what she has but it should be very substantial and when it is sold if it is sold at auction it will be a very big event. >> think of the stars of her era and a bit before, joan crawford, bette davis, judy garland. ever a bigger star than elizabeth taylor? >> well, she crossed a lot of generations. into mine and yours. but she started as a very young girl and in 1942 i believe. and really, really young. she had a very long veer. by the late '70s, finished movie making. she did some work after that. but durk that span of 30 or 40 years, some of the biggest films and two academy awards. >> she will be missed. thank you very much for that, alan duke, in los angeles.
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a check on the stories making headlines including latest of a woman in libya saying she was beaten and raped by moammar gadhafi's henchmen.
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when a chef in anaheim, california, learned just how many motel kids often go hungry, well, he began serving up a solution, one plate at a time. this week's cnn hero is bruno sorato. >> i came to this country 30 years ago. i love to cook but to be in the restaurant business you must love the people. how's your lunch, ladies? >> beni. >> in 2005, my mom was here on vacation from italy. i said, mom, let's go to the boys and girls club. this little boy, 5 years old, eating potato chips for his dinner. he was a motel kid. i find out a poor family with nothing else live in the motel. the motel environment is extremely bad. drugs, prostitution, alcoholics. it's horrible. when they go back after school, it's no dinner. there's no money. mom said, bruno, you must feed them the pasta. i'm bruno serato. i listen to my mama. now my mission is feeding the hungry children. six years ago we start feeding the kids. when the recession came, customers dropped and the children doubled.
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i don't give the kids leftovers. i prepare fresh pasta. >> bruno brings a tray and the kids get excited. >> hungry, hungry? >> yes. >> it is good to get food. >> we are between 150 to 200 kids, 7 days a week. >> who liked the pasta? >> me! >> my mom, she made me start. now, i could never stop. i see you soon, huh? they're customers. my favorite customers. >> bruno served more than 270,000 dinners out of the past six years. and remember, all of this year's cnn heroes are chosen from people you tell us about. to nominate someone you know making a difference in your community, go to several big developments in just the past few hours from libya to tell you about. a libyan woman bursts into a trip tripoli hotel and claims
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that 50 members of gadhafi's militia raped and beat her over a 2-day period. security dragged her away to an uncertain fate. they roughed up journalists, smashing cameras, including one of our own. they claim she is held safety now. elsewhere in libya, french war planes destroyed at least five combat planes and two helicopters in misrata. one of the bloodiest fronts in the conflict. the tanks started to shell is the city once again. rebels are trying to push back but they have light weapons to work with. different story to the east where libyan rebels have seized control of the key eastern city. gadhafi's forces retreated. we'll continue to follow the breaking news coming out of libya, as well as the rest of the middle east and north africa here on cnn. so make sure you stay tuned, as well as the breaking news in japan. i'm don lemon in atlanta. thank you for watching. i'll see you back here tomorrow night 6:00, 7:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. eastern.

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